Virat Kohli is widely regarded as one of the most talented batters of his time. Regardless of how well he plays in the years to come, there is little question that he will be remembered as one of the most accomplished players in the annals of cricket’s long and illustrious history. Over the course of more than a decade, he has shown a remarkable hunger and remarkable consistency in scoring large hundreds for pleasure, giving the impression that he is a superhero.
Kohli has not scored a single hundred in any version of the game in over 75 innings, which is pretty disappointing given the exceedingly high standards he sets for himself. In the last fifteen months, Kohli has had a fairly unremarkable season overall. Because he has set the bar so high for himself, both his fans and the critics believe his fifties to be a disappointment.
Virat Kohli has played a few great runs during this period that were better than any hundred he has scored, even though he has not been in peak form. His innings of 72 against England at Chennai and his knock of 50 against England at Kennington Oval are the two knocks in Tests that deserve more credit than they receive.
In the last 15 months, let’s take a look back at three times in which Virat Kohli may not have hit the three-figure milestone, but he played a knock that fans will remember for years to come.
#3 77* (46) vs England in the Third T20I in 2021
In what was once again a one-man show for Team India, Virat Kohli turned in another brilliant performance in a series that was one that the fans will not soon forget.
Eoin Morgan, the then captain of England, won the toss and elected to bowl first when England played India in the third Twenty20 International in the bilateral series. Mark Wood and Chris Jordan, both of England’s fast bowling units, made early inroads, bringing India’s score down to 24/3 within the batting powerplay.
After that, Kohli grabbed control, and what followed was a flurry of beautiful strokes from both sides. He hit eight fours and four enormous sixes on his way to an undefeated 77 that took only 46 balls to score and had a strike rate of 167.4. His exploits were not enough to help Team India reach their goal of 158, which England was able to do with eight wickets to spare.
#2 80* (52) vs England in the Fifth T20I in 2021
After winning the toss, England’s captain, Eoin Morgan, sent India in to bat first. England is often regarded as one of the top teams in the Twenty20 format.
Virat Kohli, the team’s captain, and Rohit Sharma were the first two batters in the batting order, and they both seemed focused and determined. He hammered the ball all over the field and produced a brilliant unbeaten 80 in only 52 deliveries at a strike rate of 153.85 that featured seven fours and two massive sixes. His innings only took 52 deliveries.
The spectators in Ahmedabad got to see the old-school Virat Kohli at the height of his powers, which contributed to Team India posting a gigantic score of 224-2, which was ultimately too much for England to handle. The game was won by India by a score of 36 runs, and they also won the series 3-2. After hitting 231 runs over the course of five innings at an average of 115, Kohli was awarded the title of “Player of the Series.”
#1. 57(49) vs Pakistan at the ICC World T20 2021
When India and Pakistan play each other in the World Cup, the atmosphere is certain to be heated and high-voltage. Shaheen Afridi was on fire during a high-stakes match, driving India’s openers out to the pavilion in a hurry and bringing the score down to 6/2.
Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team, responded to the challenge and made sure he didn’t go down without a fight. His brave performance of 57 (49), which featured five fours and a six, was ultimately brought to an end by Shaheen. His innings contained five fours and a six. His efforts did not prove to be sufficient for India, as Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan quickly knocked down the target of 152 runs without losing a single wicket.